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Geography and Environmental Sustainability

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Geography and Environmental Sustainability


We are a dynamic and growing department located in Norman, Oklahoma, named one of the best small cities in America.

Our mission is to conduct innovative and socially relevant research; to expand students’ intellectual vistas via critical perspectives and valuable tools and skills; and to catalyze sustainable human-natural systems.



Join DGES with the Online MS in Geospatial Technologies program!

With the mission to foster the insights, technical skills, and advanced training in geospatial technologies, the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma offer the online Master of Science in Geospatial Technology program. Representing the intersection of geography and technology, the program's curriculum was specifically designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical geospatial technology skills needed to advance in this rapidly growing field of study. An advanced degree from OU in geospatial technologies prepares you to leverage new technologies to support governmental, environmental, business, and societal decision-making affecting the future of our planet. Application instructions and more information are available here:



Launch your career by studying Geography at The University of Oklahoma!



Open Letter from Chair

Dear DGES Family:

Today marks the start of the Spring 2022 semester and for the fourth semester in a row, I am hopeful that this will finally be our last COVID semester.  We start off the new year and the new semester during challenging times and the recent impact of the Omicron variant has the potential to make the start of the semester difficult for all of us.  However, as I wrote at the beginning of the school year, I remain extremely impressed with the resilience and fortitude of the entire DGES family, and that is true even more so now as we all have successfully completed another semester since I wrote that message.   This semester will still be extremely challenging for all of us but I know we will persevere if we all remain vigilant.  I strongly encourage you to follow the OU efforts to overcome these difficult times through  In addition, please know that all the DGES faculty and staff are here to do whatever we can to support you and help you succeed this semester.  Thus, please reach out if you feel you are struggling or need support of any kind.   My real and virtual zoom office doors are always open and available, so please feel free to come by in person if there is anything with which I can help.  You can also reach out to me via email or zoom or to Dr. Hoagland or to any one of the other amazing DGES staff (Jamie, Emalee, Izzy, or Charles).

Warm regards and good luck this semester.